|Original airdate:||October 2, 2017|
"eXposed" is the first episode of the first season of The Gifted.
Set in the "X-Men" universe, family adventure series THE GIFTED tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
- Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker
- Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker
- Sean Teale as Marcos Díaz/Eclipse
- Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker
- Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker
- Coby Bell as Jace Turner
- Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong/Blink
- Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird
- Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris
- Hayley Lovitt as Sage
- Jermaine Rivers as Shatter
- Ptolemy Slocum as Ted Laird
- Joe Nemmers as Agent Ed Weeks
- Matthew Tompkins as D.A. Cal Jones
- Steffan Argus as Jack
- Dalton Gray as Jake
- Pierce Foster Bailey as Trevor
- Giovanni Devito as Dax
- Toks Olagundoye as Carla
- Jeff Daniel Phillips as Bartender
Continuity and References to the X-Men Universe
- Reed Strucker is introduced.
- Kate Strucker is introduced.
- John Proudstar/Thunderbird is introduced.
- Clarice Fong/Blink appears.
- Marcos Díaz/Eclipse is introduced.
- Lorna Dane/Polaris is introduced.
- Lauren Strucker is introduced.
- Andy Strucker is introduced.
- Jace Turner is introduced.
- Sage is introduced.
- The X-Men and The Brotherhood of Mutants are mentioned.
- Marcos' ringtone is the 1990's X-Men animated series theme.
- Producer Matt Nix says the cameo by X-Men creator Stan Lee happened through chance. Lee was in Dallas for a comic convention, which was where shooting was taking place. He was able to shoot his cameo in 20 minutes. Nix said, "That's the kind of thing where I think people sometimes underestimate the degree to which we who make the show are just another group of fanboys trying to make something happen by the skin of our teeth."
- A nod to the X-Man, Wolverine, there is a painting of a wolverine on the wall behind Eclipse when he's waiting for his meeting with Reed Strucker.
- One time X-Man Tessa, a.k.a. Sage makes her live action debut in this episode as a member of the secret Mutant Underground.
- When Marcos enters Tex's Lounge, the neon is only lit to read "X'S".